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Lesotho, Cuba celebrate 41 years of diplomacy

His Majesty King Letsie III and Cuban president Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez

June 17, 2020 2 min read

MASERU - Lesotho and Cuba on June 14 celebrated the 41st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Since the formalisation of its ties in 1979, relationship has permanently strengthened on the basis of friendship and cooperation, Dianelis Forestal Meijis who is in charge of Press at the Embassy of Cuba based in South Africa, told Metro this week.

“We proudly highlight the almost two decades of the Cuban medical cooperation in Lesotho, which started in 2002. In that African nation, a Cuban medical brigade currently works and has wide recognition from the authorities and the Kingdom population.

Likewise, Cuban specialists are in the country advising to materialize the opening of a Faculty of Sport and Physical Culture at the National University of Lesotho,” also reads the statement.

The embassy further showed that Cuba has also contributed and contributes, through the granting from annual scholarships for training in their educational institutions Basotho professionals in fields such as medicine, physical culture and sport, agronomy, veterinary, mining, economy, accounting, hydraulic engineering, telecommunications, civil construction, and computing, among other specialties.

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“Cuba appreciates Lesotho's firm support to the Cuban people's struggle against the criminal and illegal blockade imposed by the government of the United States,” says the statement.

On the occasion of His Majesty King Letsie III's official visit to Cuba last March, following an invitation from the Cuban President Miguel Díaz Canel Bermúdez, the embassy indicates that both Heads of State highlighted their interest in continuing to strengthen and diversify the excellent bilateral relations for the benefit of the peoples of both countries.

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